Academy Award Winning Actress
MELISSA LEO received an Academy Award®, a golden globe awarward®, a Screen Actors Guild Award® and a Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for her tour de force performance in The Fighter. She received Oscar® and SAG Award nominations for her starring role in Frozen River, for which she won an Independent Spirit Award for ‘Best Female Lead’ and a Spotlight Award from the National Board of Review, among countless other accolades. Leo shared a ‘Best Ensemble’ acting award from the Phoenix Film Critics Society for her outstanding work in 21 Grams, opposite Benicio del Toro and Sean Penn. She is featured in Oliver Stone’s Snowden, portraying Oscar winning documentarian Laura Poitras. Other films include Prisoners, opposite Hugh Jackman and Jake Gyllenhaal; Oblivion, opposite Tom Cruise and Morgan Freeman; the blockbuster Olympus Has Fallen, directed by Antoine Fuqua and starring Freeman and Aaron Eckhart; Robert Zemeckis’ critically acclaimed drama Flight, with Denzel Washington; and The Equalizer, which reunited her with both Fuqua and Washington. Other notable film work includes Conviction, with Hilary Swank; The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada, in which she starred opposite Dwight Yoakam; and Hide and Seek, starring Robert De Niro. On the small screen, she received an Emmy® nomination and a Critics’ Choice Award nomination for ‘Best Supporting Actress in a Made for Television Miniseries or Movie’ for her performance as “Lady Bird Johnson” in Jay Roach’s HBO movie All the Way. Leo earned a Primetime Emmy Award for ‘Best Guest Actress in a Comedy Series’ for her hilarious and outrageous performance on FX’s Louie, which People magazine called the best in television all year. Leo earned a ‘Best Supporting Actress’ Emmy nomination for her work in the HBO miniseries Mildred Pierce. Leo is also known for her groundbreaking portrayal of “Detective Kay Howard” on Homicide: Life on the Streets. Her other television credits include Treme, for David Simon, and the FOX event series Wayward Pines.